Earlier in the week, Chris Pratt told Men’s Fitness that Hollywood has a representation problem when it comes to blue-collar Americans, despite an Oscar season that highlighted the experience of working-class people (see: “Moonlight, “Manchester By The Sea” or “Fences”).
“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” he said. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
His comments immediately elicited a passionate response from tweeters who were quick to remind Pratt that not only are there a tons of movies about working-class white men, there are other and more pressing representational issues to focus on in Hollywood.
@runwithskizzers Dear Chris Pratt, there is literally no shortage of movies about blue collar white men. Go home. You're canceled.— Jess (@jessicaesquire) April 21, 2017
"The average, blue-collar American worker isn't represented in Hollywood" says Chris Pratt who played a shoe shiner on a popular sitcom pic.twitter.com/zlp4voqztn— Eric Francisco (@EricTheDragon) April 21, 2017
So when Chris Pratt says Hollywood doesn't show blue collar, I feel at the root he's saying "more rich Whites than working/poor Whites."— Trudy (@thetrudz) April 21, 2017
Pratt apparently realized the error of his ways and took to social media on Friday to walk back his statements after the backlash.
“That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that,” he wrote on Friday. “There’s a ton of movies about blue-collar America.”
That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I'll own that. There's a ton of movies about blue collar America. https://t.co/DclYfNsiv3?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) April 21, 2017
Celebrities, take note. Now this is how to take responsibility and apologize publicly.